Best Music Festivals in Japan 2024

Best Outdoor Music Festivals in Japan in Summer

Outdoor music festivals are one of the top attractions all around the world during summer. Various music events are held here in Japan, too, featuring Japanese and international musicians including some of the world’s greatest artists. A wide variety of music events are available today with different music genres such as Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B and EDM.

If you are into music festivals or wish to learn Japanese culture through the music, take a chance to join some of greatest music events in Japan this year! In this article, I’d like to introduce the best music festivals in Japan held in 2024. So let’s check them out 🙂


-Tsuta Rock Fes

Date: 23, 24 March 2024

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Tsuta Rock Fes is an indoor rock festival held by Tsutaya, a franchise of video rental shops and bookstores throughout Japan. The event takes place in 2 days in Makuhari Messe, Chiba Prefecture, featuring leading artist of Japanese rock industry.

Official Website: https://cccmusiclab.com/tsutarock2024

-Sapporo Music Experience

Date: 30 March 2024

Sapporo Music Experience is the first music festival held in Sapporo Dome. Adopting a new system in which the large space of Sapporo Dome is partitioned by a screen, the combination of a small audience size of 15,000 to 20,000 people and stage production allows audience to enjoy a live experience with a more realistic and unified feeling.

Info: https://sapporomusicexperience.com/

-ARABAKI ROCK FEST.

Date: 27, 28 April 2024

ARABAKI ROCK FEST. is one of the largest music events in Tohoku region, held since 2001. The event takes place at Michinoku Lakewood National Government Park, featuring popular Japanese artists in various genres and attracting a large crowds from all over the country.

Info: https://arabaki.com/

-JAPAN JAM

Date: 28, 29 April, 3, 4, 5 May 2024

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JAPAN JAM is a 5-day outdoor music festival held over the Golden Week every year. It takes place at Soga Sports Park, Chiba Prefecture. It’s known as the “third rock festival” after the two major rock festivals; Rock in Japan Festival and Countdown Japan, also produced by Rockin’on Japan. The event features about 120 artists and invites 150,000 audiences for 5 days.

Info: https://japanjam.jp/

-VIVA LA ROCK Festival

Date: 3, 4, 5 May 2024

VIVA LA ROCK Festival is a country’s largest-scale indoor music festival, taking place at Saitama Super Arena during the Golden Week (spring holiday in Japan) since 2014. The 3-day event features popular Japanese artists from various genres. At the site, a free outdoor event, VIVA LA GARDEN will be also available with vendors and live performance.

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-Fuji & Sun

Date: 11, 12 May 2024

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Fuji & Sun is an outdoor festival held at the foot of Mt Fuji in Fuji City, Shizuoka Prefecture. With the concept of “Learn with Mt Fuji, Live with Mt Fuji”, visitors enjoy this unique festival through music, activity and camping in a relaxed, open-air space with the astonishing view of Mt Fuji.

Venue: Mt Fuji Children’s World

Ticket info: https://fjsn.jp/ticket.html

-Pop Yours

Date: 18, 19 May 2024

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The country’s biggest hip-hop festival, Pop Yours is held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture since 2022. The event invited the large crowds of about 30,000 people in 2 days last year. With a concept of “Hip-hop as a pop culture of the 2020s”, the event features popular domestic artists from the hip-hop scene.

-Greenroom Festival

Date: 25, 26 May 2024

The Greenroom Festival is held annually at Yokohama Redbrink Warehouse, which is located in Minato Mirai area in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture. The festival features music, art and films which are dedicated to surf and beach culture with the concept of “Save The Beach, Save The Ocean”.

In 2024, Greenroom Festival will be held for 2 days on 25 and 26 May, featuring both Japanese and international artists. The artist lineup will be revealed in near future!

Venue: Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse

Ticket info: http://greenroom.jp/tickets/

-Hibiya Music Festival

Date: 8, 9 June 2024

Hibiya Music Festival is a free music event, held in Hibiya Park, Tokyo for 2 days. With the concept of “Free and Borderless”, the event provides an opportunity to people in different generations to enjoy the music through the live performances by top artists.

Info: https://hibiyamusicfes.jp/2024/

-Ocean Peoples

Date: 6, 7 June 2024

With the concept of “Save the Beach, Save the Ocean”, Ocean Peoples is a beach culture festival held for ocean lovers. It’s held in Inage Seaside Park in Chiba Prefecture. People can enjoy the live music at the venues facing the swimming pool and beaches as well as the beach-themed markst selling variety of items and food.

Info: https://oceanpeoples.com/

-Corona Sunset Festival

Date: TBA

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Corona Sunset Festival is a 2-day music event held in Chura Sun Beach in Toyosaki Seaside Park, Okinawa. With the theme of sunset and relaxed, the global beach music festival tour across the world and has been held in Okinawa, Japan over the past years.

In 2023, the event took place for 2 days on 15, 16 July. Enjoy the brilliant music with the stunning Okinawan beach with crystal clear water and white sand.

Venue: Chura Sun Beach, Toyosaki Seaside Park

Ticket info: https://www.corona-extra.jp/sunsets-fes/ticket/

-Osaka Gigantic Music Festival

Date: 20, 21 July 2024

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Osaka Gigantic Music Festival a.k.a. Giga is a music festival held in Osaka since 2017. Last year, the event featured popular Japanese artists in various genres including ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, [Alexandros], DISH//, UNISON SQUARE GARDEN and ALI, and invited the audience of 55,000 people. The event will be back in this summer in Osaka Maishima Sport Park.

Info: http://giga-osaka.com/

-Fuji Rock Festival

Date: 26, 27, 28 July 2024

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Fuji Rock Festival is the biggest outdoor music festival in Japan which features over 200 Japanese and international artists in 3 days, inviting over 100,000 visitors every year. The event is held in Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata Prefecture.

Fuji Rock Festival was held for 3 days on the last weekend of July in 2024, featuring both Japanese and international artists. The lineup of this year included NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING,  BIRDSKRAFTWERK, SZA, PEGGY GOU, and many more

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-ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL

Date: 3, 4, 10, 11, 12 August 2024 (Chiba)/14, 15, 21, 22, 23 September 2024 (Ibaraki)

Rock in Japan Festival is one of the largest music event in the country dedicated to Japanese rock and pop music. The music event is held in a new location (Soga Sports Park in Chiba Prefecture) since 2022.

Celebrating the 25th anniversary, Rock in Japan Festival will be held at two locations for 10 days in total in 2024. The first round will be set for 5 days in August in the new venue in Chiba, followed by the second round that will be held for 5 days in September in the venue, Hitachi Seaside Park in Ibaraki Prefecture. Further information will be announced once it’s confirmed so stay tuned.

Venue: Soga Sports Park, Chiba/Hitachi Seaside Park, Ibaraki

Ticket info: http://rijfes.jp/ (Japanese)

-S2O JAPAN SONGKRAN MUSIC FESTIVAL

Date: 3, 4 August 2024

S2O SONGKRAN MUSIC FESTIVAL is the biggest “music x water” event that was first held in Japan in 2019, and it’s making a comeback this year after 5 years. The dance music festival collaborates with Songkran, the traditional water festival in Thailand, and features great live dance music by some of world’s top DJs and the water showers. Dance away the hot summer at this wettest music festival in the world!

Venue: Odaiba

Ticket info: https://www.instagram.com/s2ojapan/?hl=en

-Rising Sun Rock Festival

Date: 16, 17 August 2024

Rising Sun Rock Festival is an outdoor, all-night rock festival held annually in Hokkaido for over 20 years. The event mainly features Japanese rock and indie artists.

The event will take place on 16 and 17 August in 2024, rain or shine. The second day is an all-night event that will be held from 12:30pm to 5:00am next morning.

Venue: Tarukawa Wharf of Ishikari Bay New Port, Ishikari City

Ticket info: https://rsr.wess.co.jp

-SUMMER SONIC

Date: 17, 18 August 2024

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Along with Fuji Rock Festival, Summer Sonic is counted as another biggest music event in Japan. The event takes place in Tokyo and Osaka for 2 days, featuring the world’s greatest musicians in various genres (Rock, R&B, Hip-Hop, EDM, etc). The past acts include Queen, Muse, The Chemical Brothers, Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rihanna and Pharrell Williams.

In 2024, Summer Sonic is set to be held for 17 and 18 August in Tokyo and Osaka. Summer Sonic 2024 will have a major change for the venue of Osaka site moving to the Expo ’70 Commemorative Park from Maishima Sonic Park. The lineup for 2024 includes MÅNESKIN, BRING ME THE HORIZON, MAJOR LAZER, AURORA and many more. One day before Summer Sonic, an all-night music event, Sonic Mania is held in Tokyo.

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-Sweet Love Shower

Date: 30, 31 August, 1 September

Sweet Love Shower, called Love Sha among fans, is a popular outdoor music events that you can enjoy live performances surrounded by nature and with the magnificent view of Mt Fuji. The event is held at Lake Yamanaka, one of Fuji Five Lakes for 2 days, attracting approx 80,000 audience from all over the world.

Info: https://www.sweetloveshower.com/2024/index.html

-MUSIC CIRCUS

Date: TBA

The biggest beach festival in Western Japan, MUSIC CIRCUS is held annually at Osaka Sennan Rinku Park (Rinku Minamihama Beach). The outdoor festival features mainly dance music, and some of the world’s greatest DJs and artists performing for 3 days.

Venue: Osaka Sennan Long Park

Ticket info: https://music-circus.jp/

-Ultra Japan

Date: 14, 15 September 2024

ULTRA JAPAN is the biggest EDM festival in Japan which was first held in 2013. The event features great dance music performed by the world’s famous artists and DJs and the past acts includes Skrillex, Deadmou5, Afrojack, The Chainsmokers and more. Over 100,000 people join the event each year.

The event takes place in Odaiba area, Tokyo. In 2024, ULTRA JAPAN will be held for 2 days on 14 and 15 September 2024, and the lineup of acts will be announced in near future.

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Which music festival do you wish to join?? Don’t miss a chance to party with the world greatest singers, bands and DJs this summer in Japan!

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